By Jodi Mailander Farrell
Disarming, improbable in scale and “Slightly Askew,” New York-based painter Olive Ayhens offers an unruly view of urban and rural landscapes at Mindy Solomon Gallery, where her neo-expressionist pen, ink, and watercolor drawings deliver visual wit to our world. American photographer Dawoud Bey pays solemn tribute to the children who died in the 1963 bombing of Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Church in “The Birmingham Project” at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Portraits of children of contemporary Birmingham who are the same ages as those who died are coupled with adults who are the ages the children would have reached had they lived. In “The Miami River Project,” presented by ARTSail at the Hibiscus Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens, Miami eco-artist Xavier Cortada, and four multi-disciplinary artists explore the city’s changing waterway, as old fisheries and eateries succumb to luxury condos and yacht clubs. While in Pinecrest, stop by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork installation, “In the Thick of It,” on view in the gardens until his twisted, intertwined tree saplings succumb to nature. January also is the last chance to catch “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom” at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex Art Gallery. Fifteen contemporary artists curated by Haitian-American artist Édouard Duval Carrié evoke the trial testimony of executed Cuban activist José Antonio Aponte, who organized one of the most prominent slave rebellions in Cuba in the early 19th century. Look for more than 170 budding artists in our midst during National YoungArts Week; finalists in visual arts, photography and design will have their work on exhibit in the YoungArts Gallery.